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Fast for Freedom in Mental Health Information

Here is basic information about the historic 2003 hunger strike sponsored by MindFreedom International to demand evidence from the American Psychiatric Association and other mental health organizations of any "biological basis" of any major psychiatric disorder.

 

Krista EricksonThis is your portal to information about the 2003 Fast for Freedom in Mental Health. 

Announcement and news release about event. 

Some of the media coverage (LA Times, Washington Post). 

Dialogue between American Psychiatric Association and Scientific Advisory Board for MindFreedom International. 

Robert Whitaker's book Anatomy of an Epidemic recommends the Fast for Freedom as a model about challenging the way the medical model unscientifically dominates the psychiatric industry. 

Hunger strike participant David Oaks includes the hunger strike in his chapter in a book on psychiatric coercion published by World Psychiatric Association leaders, and you can download the chapter free here. 

 

(Photo: Krista Erickson, hunger striker, being interviewed by media.)

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LaTonya Gibbs: MindFreedom Office Rock Star and Mental Health Consumer

LaTonya says, "I love working for such an 'insanely supportive' organization. MindFreedom is a touchstone for a lot of different commissions that are fighting for human rights, both locally and internationally. This is also an office that practices what it preaches. The director and staff are intent on not letting its members or it's employees lose themselves while trying to 'make a living', if we can help it. We're all human beings and that comes first here." LaTonya works in the MindFreedom office and is a mental health consumer.
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